Last Updated on February 23, 2023
- The government of Australia will reopen borders to fully vaccinated travelers for work, tourism and business travel beginning 21 Feb. 2022
The government of Australia will reopen its borders to fully vaccinated foreign national workers, tourists and business travelers beginning 21 Feb. 2022. Unvaccinated visa holders will be required to apply for a valid travel exemption to enter the country and will be subject to territorial quarantine requirements. For a list of eligible visa holders, click here.
Fully vaccinated travelers eligible to enter Australia beginning 21 Feb. 2022 will be required to ensure the following prior to travel:
- Check if they are exempt from Australia's travel restrictions and ensure they are eligible for the Safe Travel Zone arrangements;
- Adhere to quarantine requirements based on the state or region of arrival as well as adhere to domestic travel restrictions;
- Obtain an International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate or equivalent vaccination certificate;
- Complete an Australian Travel Declaration form at least 72 hours prior to departure;
- Undergo PCR or rapid NAAT testing within three days prior to departure or a rapid antigen test within 24 hours of departure;
- Provide any additional requested documents upon arrival, including negative testing results, visas and travel documentation.
What are the Changes?
The government of Australia will reopen its borders to some fully vaccinated travelers beginning 21 Feb. 2022. The government made a similar announcement in early October 2021 under the Phase C reopening plan, however, parts of the plan were delayed due to the emergence of the COVID-19 omicron variant. Australia's international borders have been closed since March 2020.
This article was published on 9 Feb. 2022 and may not be the most recent update concerning COVID-19 entrance restrictions, testing requirements and quarantine measurers. For the most recent updates be sure to check our Global Mobility Resource Center.
Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an attorney at one of the two U.S. Law Firms working with the Envoy Platform or another qualified professional. On non-U.S. immigration issues, consult an Envoy global immigration service provider or another qualified representative.